Excerpt from Gorgeously Green
Girls like me are more interested in their compact than their compost. That said, I have discovered the joys of a pastime that I previously believed was strictly for the eco-nuts in rubber gardening shoes—I'm now one of them. Yes, I'm thrilled to say I've joined the club.
My husband was appalled when I arrived home with an enormous black composting bin one rainy Saturday morning. "Where on earth is that going?" he asked. "I haven't really worked that out yet," I said as I looked around our small manicured backyard. "Well," he said, "I'll leave that in your expert hands." Did I detect a note of sarcasm? I stood in the downpour, wondering if this monstrous bin would offend our summer brunch guests, staring at it as they tucked into their tofu scramble. Not a good idea.
I finally decided to wedge it down in a corner where it is almost out of sight. The only annoying thing is that I have to walk across our yard every time I want to empty the scrap bucket. I've become so lazy—so accustomed to everything at my fingertips. It is crazy that I worry about extra inches around my waistline and yet am miffed at having to walk fifty yards twice a day to my attractive bin!
There are a number of great composting bin alternatives now available. The main choice will be whether to get a spinning barrel or a regular bin design. The disadvantage with the spinner is that you have to wait until it's full—you can't keep filling and spinning because at some point you have to let the whole thing sit and compost for awhile!
The advantage is that the materials will compost faster as the pile is being oxygenated via the spinning process. If you get the conventional black bin monster, like mine, you can go on filling it daily, but you do need to turn the compost once a week and add an activator. You can purchase all of the above plus accessories from Real Goods (www.realgoods.com). If you live in an apartment that has any kind of outside area, suggest getting together with the other residents of your building to share one.
Things You Can Compost
Old wedding bouquet
Potato peelings weeds
Lint from behind refrigerator
Vacuum cleaner bag contents
Seaweed and kelp
Find more things you can compost in Sopie Uliano's book Gorgeously Green!